Analysis: Newcastle 1-1 Everton

Dominic Calvert-Lewin
[PA Media]

A vital, hard-earned point for Everton in their battle to avoid relegation as they grabbed a draw despite being second best for large periods.

Alexander Isak put Newcastle ahead in the 15th minute, but a failure to kill off the game proved crucial.

Ex-Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, booed relentlessly through the match by the home fans, made good saves to deny Jacob Murphy and Isak from extending their advantage. Dan Burn thought he had added a second, only for a tight VAR offside to show Isak was offside when collecting the ball and before playing the cross.

VAR was again involved, to check whether Everton had earned a late penalty. It was quickly a very easy decision as Paul Dummett's needless foul, when he had his arm around Ashley Young's neck and hauled him to the ground, gifted Everton a lifeline.

All credit to Dominic Calvert-Lewin as he kept his composure to blast his spot-kick past Martin Dubravka and earn Everton a point with his first goal since the end of October, ending a 23-game run without scoring. Sean Dyche hoped this goal would be the first of many for the England striker, with Everton needing more goals from Calvert-Lewin.

Despite it being a good point, it does extend the Toffees' run of games in the Premier League without a win to 13 - a new club record.